Entries from 'Travel'

How to Have Lunch in the Center of Florence for less than €10

An impromptu day trip to Florence led us to come up with the cheapest way to have lunch in the center of Florence for less than €10 with a view of the Ponte Vecchio.  I’m not kidding I swear!  Not only did we find free parking (“che culo!” as they say, colloquially, in Italian) but we…

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Rimini Countdown

I have a secret. I haven’t told you before because I was waiting to make sure that everything would be confirmed, but now that it is I can share it with the world!  In two days, from October 8-11, 2014 I’ll be attending the Travel Blogger Destination – Italy  conference as one of the TOP BLOGGERS…

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Florence – Brunelleschi’s Duomo and a Damned Fine Gelato

Yesterday I spent the day in Florence with my mother-in-law and her friend. Our sole purpose was to shop, and nothing else. No museums, no sculptures, no artwork – no culture! Just shopping, shopping, and shopping. I brought my camera along for the ride anyways for a quick stop in the main Piazza. Here’s some…

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Piazza Venezia, Altare della Patria – Rome

Piazza Venezia, Rome Piazza Venezia, Rome is one of the most majestic places I have ever been to. It commands respect from the moment you catch it in your periphery vision to the moment you brave 4 lanes of rush hour traffic to cross to the center meridian to take a picture with the other…

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It takes a village

The colorful villages of the Cinque Terre are one of my favorite things about living in Italy. As bright and lovely as the people who inhabit them, the closeness and tight knit palazzi always make me dream of living in them one day; of walking down the cobblestone paths too narrow for cars but just wide…

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Rome’s Reservoir Dogs

  Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight, I got the feeling that something ain’t right, I’ve walked darn near all over Rome, And I can’t miss the Col-o-sseo. Forum to the left of me, Pantheon to the right, Here I am, lost in the center with you. Yes, I’m lost in the…

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Montemerano: Maremma’s Hidden Jewel

We went on a 3 day trip to Southern Tuscany last week. Southern Tuscany is the home of the chianti, the Super Tuscans, and too many other marvelous and delicious things to name. While the food and drink are enough to warrant several trips per year (which we take), the place itself is magical.  Magical is not…

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Superstition, Montemerano, and a Haunted Church

For a country that is predominantly Catholic, Italy sure has a lot of superstitious people. And not only that, but the remedy for all this superstition appears to be touching your balls. Empty hearse passing by? Touch your balls.  Black cat crosses your path? Touch your balls. Don’t put hangers on the bed. And, if…

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B&B Orsini 46

After a long day of travelling from Viareggio to Naples by almost every mode of transportation known to man, we made it to the B&B Orsini 46 and called their number to advise them of our arrival. I must admit that I was feeling some trepidation at the prospect of finding ourselves swindled in some…

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ESTA La Vista, Baby…

Proper travel documentation is something that I thought I knew all about until I didn’t have it. To make an extremely long and painful story short, I am out almost $4000 (unless our lawyer friend can write a strongly worded letter) for two return tickets from Italy to Canada and back via a transfer in…

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